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    I have a pup I got at 6 weeks old. Tomorrow he will be 9 weeks old. I have tried to get him to retrieve by playing different games and he shows no interest in it. It has been a couple of years since I have had a pup and all of the pups I have had before just naturally retrieved when they came home. I don't know what to do to try to start building a prey drive. Any advice would be appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBell View Post
    I have a pup I got at 6 weeks old. Tomorrow he will be 9 weeks old. I have tried to get him to retrieve by playing different games and he shows no interest in it. It has been a couple of years since I have had a pup and all of the pups I have had before just naturally retrieved when they came home. I don't know what to do to try to start building a prey drive. Any advice would be appreciated
    Does he chase but not return with it?

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    He doesn't chase at all. It's hard to keep his attention out front and when he does see the throw he just turns away from it

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    try taking a wing on a string or rope and jigging it infront of his face and let him follow it around but dont throw it, keep it infront of his face let him bite it and and pull it out and then do it all over again. eventually he will follow it on his own and you can lead him farther and farther then throw it give it a week or so. good luck
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    try paint rollers for retrieving. what ever size you think is goood. also have him watch another dog retrieve, jealousy is also a good tool.

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    Get a wing from either a dove or duck and let him play with it. Then take it from him and toss it in front of him. I have never seen a dog not get excited over a bird wing.

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    If you try to have him watch an older dog do some retrieve. Find a toy or bone or whatever he likes the best. Tease him with it in a hall way or an area that will keep him focused. Once you have him wanting to chase it throw it a little ways down the hall encourage your pup to bring it back. Once he does it praise the hell out of him and get him excited to do it again. Be patient he will retrieve just going to take a little time and work to bring it out.
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    Where are you doing the play retrieves?
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    Don't worry about it yet. He's just a tiny little guy with the attention span of a fruit fly. Give him a couple of weeks and try again.

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    Fruit fly like that
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